An experiment worth trying?

While Kentucky school officials are talking about maybe losing 4% of their state funding, Kansas schools this month got a 25% haircut:It comes as quite a shock for a Kentuckian to see the Kansas education official say that they had been able to make it work. Could the same thing fly in Kentucky? We don’t…

Robbing Peter to bail out Paul

Congress seems determined to throw our money at Detroit without forcing the unions to renegotiate their outdated contracts. Sensing an opportunity, some are demanding that now is the time to bail out cities and states without requiring them to bring employee compensation in line with the private sector. Joe Conason in Slate.com offers this to…

Herald Leader’s chicken/egg problem

Found one very odd sentence in a Lexington Herald Leader editorial urging a cigarette tax increase this weekend: “Kentucky’s cheap cigarettes fuel an interstate black market.“ This is demonstrably false. There is a vigorous interstate black market in cigarettes. People buy cigarettes in low-tax states and take them to high-tax states for illegal resale at…

Stupid lobbyist tricks

Kentucky big-spenders’ fascination with cigarette taxes went beyond being merely embarrassing a long time ago. And the beat goes on… The Lexington Herald Leader reported in a news story today: “a politically significant time — with the state government scrambling to fill a new $456.1 million hole in its present budget, Gov. Steve Beshear might…